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Anna Kawałko

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Anna Kawałko, born 1990 in Racibórz (Poland), is a PhD student at the Department of History of the Jewish People and Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She earned her bachelor’s degree at the College of Inter-Faculty Individual Studies in the Humanities at the University of Warsaw (2012), and completed her master’s degree (magna cum laude) at the department of German Studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem (2015). Her master’s thesis (‘Abandoned, Nationalized, Lost? Polish Repatriates and German Property in Lower Silesia, 1945-1947’), written under the guidance of prof. Yfaat Weiss, deals with German material heritage and various processes of nation building in Lower Silesia after WWII. Her research interests include Jewish cultural property after 1945, heritage and migration studies, Central and Eastern European borderlands in the 20th century, and historical study of material culture. Since 2014 Anna has been involved in one of the Center’s research projects Cultural Property and Restitution Documentation after 1945, being responsible for description of archival collections related to the cultural restitution at the Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People (CAHJP) in Jerusalem. In February 2016 she joined research team of The Historical Archive at the Hebrew University project.

 

Research Project

Currently, Anna prepares her doctoral dissertation on the restitution of Jewish cultural property in Czechoslovakia after 1945. Her research, conducted under the guidance of prof. Yfaat Weiss, seeks to explore one of the most ambiguous and unknown chapters of postwar Jewish reconstruction in the wake of unprecedented Nazi plunder of Jewish libraries and archives during 1933-1945. Toward the end of WWII, most of the looted documents which had been previously stored in Berlin were evacuated to various castles in Bohemia and Moravia, ghetto Theresienstadt and Jewish Museum in Prague, where they became a focal point of interest of Jewish communities, Soviet trophy brigades, state officials and restitution organizations in Europe, Palestine/Israel and the United States. The research aims to illuminate the unique history of these cultural treasures, to present various parties involved in their restitution on both individual (Gershom Scholem, Shmuel Hugo Bergman, Otto Muneles, Zeev Scheck) and institutional (Diaspora Treasures Committee at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, National Library in Prague, Jewish Museum in Prague, Jewish communities in Czechoslovakia) level, and to describe them within broader historical context of shifting centers of postwar Jewish life as well as of growing communist influence in Czechoslovakia, which culminated in the coup d'état in February 1948 and subsequent nationalisation of property. It will generate a historical analysis of multiple agendas guiding postwar restitution efforts, complex relations between Jewish communities in Europe and Jewish people in Palestine/Israel, and the role of cultural property in nation building processes after 1945.

 

Selected Publications

-From Breslau to Wrocław: Transfer of the Saraval Collection to Poland and the Restitution of Jewish Cultural Property after WWII; in: Naharaim. Zeitschrift für deutsch - jüdische Literatur und Kulturgeschichte; ed. Weidner, Daniel / Weiss, Yfaat / Wiese, Christian (November 2015)

- A Story of Survival: Hebrew Manuscripts and Incunabula from the Saraval Collection in the Manuscriptorium - Digital Library of the Memoriae Mundi Series Bohemica Project; in: Medaon. Magazin für jüdisches Leben in Forschung und Bildung (December 2015)

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Dr. Amalia Kedem

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Amalia Kedem studied Musicology (BA, MA and PhD) at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, specializing in Ethnomusicology and Jewish Music. Her main field of research is the liturgical musical traditions among Ashkenazi Jews in Israel, their sources, and the social context of their development. She has taught Jewish music and world music in various institutions (such as the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance) and since 2008 she has been working in projects at the Sound Archive of the National Library of Israel on the preservation of recorded Jewish and Israeli Music. At the same time, she continues to collect and document musical aspects of the liturgical life in Israel from the Yishuv period to the present day in their historical and social contexts.
Within the Project Traces of German-Jewish History, Dr. Kedem works on the collection of the musician Chemjo (Nehemiya) Vinaver (MUS 0052) in the Music Department of the National Library of Israel in Jerusalem.
 

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Dr. Irad Kimchi

Research Fellow 2000

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 Irad Kimchi was a Post Doctoral Research Fellow at Rosenzweig Center from January to September 2000. The topic of his research was "Das neue Denken".

 

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Andrea Kirchner

Research Fellow 2016-17

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Andrea Kirchner is a Ph.D. candidate at the Martin-Buber-Chair for Jewish Philosophy at the Goethe-University of Frankfurt, Germany, since 2013. Her dissertation, supervised by Prof. Christian Wiese, deals with the life and work of the German Zionist Richard Lichtheim (1885-1963).
She holds a Fellowship of the Minerva Foundation and is currently a Research Fellow at the Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Before she volunteered at Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies in Jerusalem in 2012, she studied Medieval and Modern History, Psychology and Sociology at the University of Leipzig, Germany (2005-2011).

Research Project

The aim of my research project, titled "Richard Lichtheim − From Constantinople to Geneva. A Political Biography" is to emphasize two key aspects in Lichtheim’s biography. On the one hand I want to shed light on Lichtheim’s concrete contribution to Zionist policy in the first half of the 20th century. On the other hand the impact of his political experiences on his personal ideological development from General Zionism to Jabotinsky’s Revisionism and eventually to the moderate ideas of Aliya Hadasha will be explored. The project therefore focusses on the two stages in Lichtheim’s political career, which were vital for these profound changes in his political outlook: Constantinople (1913-1917) and Geneva (1939-1946), where he served as a Zionist emissary and was confronted with fundamental threats against both the Jewish people and the Zionist project. This dissertation attempts to put Lichtheim’s diversified biography into its historical context and show how his experiences during the two world wars shaped his commitment to Zionism and perception of it. By doing this, my study contributes to the historiography of German Zionism and its attempt to understand the ideological and political structure of Zionism in all its complexity.

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Birgit M. Körner

Research Fellow 2010

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Birgit Körner was a Doctoral Research Fellow at the Rosenzweig Center from January to September 2010. Her research topic was Else Lasker-Schüler's Engagement with Jewish Tradition in the Context of Cultural Zionism.

 

 

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Dr. Arndt Kremer

Research Fellow 2007-8

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Arndt Kremer was a Research Fellow at the Rosenzweig Center from October 2007 to June 2008.
His research topic was titled "'Sneaking Into a Corner Furtively and Reading Goethe Again […] Secretly.' Mental Maps in the in the Lingual and Cultural Process of Adaption by German-Jewish Immigrants, 1932-1948".

 

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Dr. Yuval Kremnitzer

Research Fellow 2019-20
yuval.kr@gmail.com

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Yuval Kremnitzer is a research fellow at the Rosenzweig Minerva Center and a Dean’s distinction fellow at the School of Philosophy, linguistics and Science Studies at Tel Aviv University. He studied Philosophy, Comparative literature and Jewish Studies in Tel Aviv, New York and Chicago. He received his Ph.D. from Columbia University for his Dissertation “How to believe in Nothing: Moses Mendelssohn’s Subjectivity and the Empty Core of Tradition” in 2017.  Kremnitzer has presented his work in the United States, Germany, Slovenia and Israel. He currently teaches at the Philosophy Department in Tel Aviv University.

Research Project

Kremnitzer’s primary research interest is the ethical crisis of modern life, the problem of ‘Nihilism’.

He is currently preparing a manuscript based on his dissertation, tracing the echoes and direct influences of Mendelssohn’s intellectual legacy on the German-Jewish Tradition, and its fraught relationship with German Idealism. At the core of this project lies Mendelssohn’s great philosophical contribution: the isolation of a non-enforceable power, the power of the unwritten law.

The book project has two main parts: 1. A reevaluation of the consequential ‘pantheism affair’, in light of Mendelssohn’s mostly unacknowledged contribution, much of it developed in his “Jewish writings”, namely, his Jerusalem. Mendelssohn is viewed, in this light, as presenting a valuable and very much still relevant philosophical contribution to the topics debated in the ‘pantheism affair’ and its aftermath, such as the nature of subjectivity, immanence vs transcendence, the legacies of Kant and Spinoza, and the problem of ‘nihilism’.  2. The book project traces a constellation of topics centered around the notion of the unwritten law, such as the media of tradition, sovereignty, and Jewish notions of history as they occupy the thoughts of German Jewish intellectuals after Mendelssohn, such as Hermann Cohen and Walter Benjamin. 

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Maja Krüger

Research Fellow 2016-17
mkrueger@europa-uni.de
Axel Springer-Lehrstuhl für deutsch-jüdische Literatur- und Kulturgeschichte, Exil und Migration  Kulturwissenschaftliche Fakultät Europa-Universität Viadrina Große Scharrnstr. 59 D-15230 Frankfurt (Oder)

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Doris Maja Krüger is a PhD-Candidate at the Institute of Philosophy at the Free University of Berlin. She studied Philosophy, Modern History, and Political Science at the Humboldt University of Berlin and at the University of Haifa, and graduated in 2012 with a thesis on Leo Lowenthal's Analysis of Anti-Semitism. In 2013/14 she participated in the project Traces of German-Jewish History and helped to take care of the selection, documentation and description of the Heinrich Loewe Archive at Sha’ar Zion Library in Tel Aviv.


Research Project

My dissertation, supervised by Anne Eusterschulte and Miriam Rürup, deals with the life and works of Leo Lowenthal (1900-1993). Based on the broad neglect of Lowenthal in the reception of Critical Theory, the objective of my research project is to work out his intellectual profile and to reposition him within the Frankfurt School. This should be done by a complete overview in which biographical aspects and the historico-political context are taken into account as well as the complexity of his work. Hence, also the writings Lowenthal composed before, besides and after his work at the Institute of Social Research (1926/30-1949) are considered.


Selected Publications

- "Leo Löwenthal und die Jüdische Renaissance in der Weimarer Republik", in: Elke-Vera Kotowski (Ed.): Das Kulturerbe deutschsprachiger Juden. Eine Spurensuche in den Ursprungs-, Transit- und Emigrationsländern; Berlin: De Gruyter 2015, 249-262. [Leo Lowenthal and the Jewish Renaissance of Weimar Republic]

- Co-Author of Elke-Vera Kotowski (Ed.): "Aufbau: Sprachrohr. Heimat. Mythos. Geschichte(n) einer deutsch-jüdischen Zeitung aus New York 1934 bis heute" (= Jüdische Miniaturen 109); Berlin: Hentrich&Hentrich 2011. [Aufbau: Mouthpiece. Home. Myth. Storie(s) of a German-Jewish newspaper from New York since 1934]

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Dr. Jan Kühne

Affiliated researcher
jan.kuehne@mail.huji.ac.il

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Jan Kühne, born in Dresden, studied at the Ruprecht Karls University in Heidelberg and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He conducted his postdoctoral research at the Martin Buber Society of Fellows, has been an associate post-doctoral research fellow and scholar-artist at the Israeli Institute for Advanced Studies, and is currently an affiliated researcher at the Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center for German-Jewish Literature and Cultural History.

 

His Ph.D. research was dedicated to the German-Jewish writer Sammy Gronemann (1875-1952). Besides documenting Gronemann’s largely unknown Israeli and dramatic oeuvre (1936-1952), this project includes studies in the field of German-Jewish literature in Palestine and Israel. The dissertation was published under: ”Die zionistische Komödie im Drama Sammy Gronemanns – Über Ursprünge und Eigenarten einer latenten Gattung“ (Berlin & Boston 2020). On the basis of this research, Kühne initiated and serves as editor in chief of the ongoing Critical Edition of Collected Works by Sammy Gronemann, of which three volumes have already been published.

 

During his Ph.D. research, Kühne was also a Rosenzweig-fellow. Among other projects, he participated in the Traces of German-Jewish History and took care of the arrangement and description of the Habimah Administrative Archive 1925–1933 at the Israeli Center for the Documentation of the Performing Arts at Tel Aviv University.

 

Currently, Kühne is working on a new book devoted to German and Hebrew multilingualism in literature and performance. While mapping the diversity of multilingual modalities in modern German-Jewish and Hebrew literature, he focuses on homophonic translation as a hitherto unacknowledged multilingual device in Jewish literatures and performances of German affinity.

 

Since 2020, Dr. Kühne serves as co-coordinator of the research group Between Jewish languages: Literature, Thought and History , a joint project of the Leo Baeck Institute Jerusalem with the Rosenzweig Center and with the Taube Center for Jewish Studies at Stanford University.

 

Selected Publications

Monographs

•    2020, Die zionistische Komödie im Drama Sammy Gronemanns. Über Ursprünge und Eigenarten einer latenten Gattung. Conditio Judaica 94, Berlin/Boston 2020. (with a foreword by Jakob Hessing)

 

Peer-Reviewed Articles

•    2021 [forthcoming] The Backstage of the Eye: On Interrupting Sight in Order to See, in Performance Research 26.3.

•    2021 [in press] Dan Pagis' Bilingual Poem "Ein Leben" – An Ophthalmologic Poetics of German-Hebrew Eye-Contact, in Leo Baeck Yearbook.

•    2021 [in press] “Nathan Alterman’s Bilingual Adaptation of Heinrich Heine’s ’Lorelei’: Hebrew-German Homophony as Parody”, in Carmen Reichert, Bettina Bannasch and Alfred Wildfeuer (eds.), Zukunft der Sprache, Zukunft der Nation. Debatten um jüdische Sprache und Literatur im Kontext von Mehrsprachigkeit und Nationbuilding, Berlin.

•    2019, “A German-Hebrew French Kiss: On Bilingual Homophony and Other Multilingual Intimacies in German-Jewish Literature,” in Yearbook for European Jewish Literature Studies 6, pp. 41–89.

•     2018, “A Parable of three Languages.”Nathan der Weise” in Arabic, Hebrew, and German,” in Lessing Yearbook XLV, pp. 93–111.

•    2017, “German-Jewish Literature in Mandate Palestine and Israel (1933-2017)” [ספרות יהודית גרמנית בתקופת היישוב ובמדינת ישראל (2017-1933)], in חידושים [Chidushim] 19, pp. 121-44.

•    2016, “Of the Two the Jew is – (Curtain falls.)” — Sammy Gronemann’s Dramaturgy of the German-Jewish Encounter in Mandate-Palestine/Israel (1936-1952), in Jewish Culture and History 17.1, pp. 254-274.

•    2013, “The German Archive of the Hebrew Habima: Bureaucracy and Identity” (Co-Author: Shelly Zer-Zion), in Naharaim 7.1-2, pp. 239-260.

 

Book Chapters

•    [forthcoming 2022] "Zionistisches Drama", in: Handbuch "Orte und Räume, ed. by Primus-Heinz Kucher and Alexandra Strohmaier.

•    [forthcoming 2022] "Fortschreibungen", in: Handbuch "Wechselbeziehungen, ed. by Olaf Terpitz, Marianne Windsperger and Gerald Lamprecht.

•    2018, “’Wo wohnst Du nun zwischen diesen Worten’? Zur Translingualität (Deutschsprachig) Jüdischer Literatur,” in Stefanie Willeke and Norbert Eke, Zwischen den Sprachen Mit der Sprache? Deutschsprachige Literatur in Palästina Und Israel, Paderborn, pp. 41–62.

•    2015, “’Deutschlands besseres Selbst‘? – Nathan der Weise in Israel,” in Dirk Niefanger et al. (eds.), Lessing und das Judentum, Hildesheim, pp. 433–458.

•    “Tohuwabohu”, in Dan Diner (ed.), Enzyklopädie jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur, Vol. 6, Stuttgart/Weimar 2015, pp. 127–131.

•    2015, “Deutschsprachige jüdische Literatur in Palästina/Israel”, in Hans Otto Horch (ed.), Handbuch der deutsch-jüdischen Literatur, Berlin & Boston, pp. 201–220.

 

Editor

•    [forthcoming 2021] Performance Research 26.3. – On Interruption. (Co-Edited with Freddie Rokem)

•    Sammy Gronemann: Hawdoloh und Zapfenstreich. Gronemann Kritische Gesamtausgabe (GKG), Vol. 3, Conditio Judaica 92/3, Berlin/Boston 2020. (co-edited and co-commented with Hanni Mittelmann)

•    Sammy Gronemann: Tohuwabohu. GKG, Vol. 2. Conditio Judaica 92/2, Berlin/Boston 2019. (co-edited and co-commented with Joachim Schlör)

•    Sammy Gronemann: Gesammelte Dramen. GKG, Vol. 1, Conditio Judaica 92/1, Berlin/Boston 2018. (with a foreword by Jakob Hessing)

 

Reviews

•    2021: Robert Kelz, Competing Germanies: Nazi, Antifascist, and Jewish Theater in German Argentina, 1933-1965. In: Europe Now Journal (Council for European Studies), <https://www.europenowjournal.org/2021/04/01/competing-germanies-a-study-of-two-german-exile-theaters-in-buenos-aires-by-robert-kelz-2/>

•    2020: משה והומרוס: יוונים, יהודים, גרמנים: סיפור אחר של התרבות הגרמנית — ברנד ויטה קורא תיגר על התרבות היהודית־גרמנית — Bernd Witte, Moses und Homer: Griechen, Juden, Deutsche: Eine andere Geschichte der deutschen Kultur, Berlin / Boston 2018, 384 pp. In: חידושים [Chidushim], 22, pp. 148-152.

•    2020: Mehrsprachige Schönheitsflecken: Zwischen den Zeilen. Ed. by Yael Almog and Michal Zamir. In: Fixpoetry, <https://www.fixpoetry.com/feuilleton/kritik/yael-almog-michal-zamir/zwischen-den-zeilen>

•    2020: „‚That such is man…‘ – Nathan der Weise in Amerika: Nathan auf Reisen. Stationen einer transatlantischen Rezeptionsgeschichte by Kristina-Monika Kocyba“. In: Hagalil, <https://www.hagalil.com/2020/04/nathan-der-weise-in-amerika/>

•    2020: „Deutsche und zentraleuropäische Juden in Palästina und Israel. Ed. by Anja Siegemund“. In: Hagalil <https://www.hagalil.com/2020/03/siegemund/>

•    2018: “Das israelische Theater. Noten und Notizen by Matthias Morgenstern”. In: Zeitschrift für Theaterpädagogik 72, pp. 60-1.

•    2018: “Zwischen allen Bühnen. Die Jeckes und das hebräische Theater 1933-1948 by Thomas Lewy, and: The German Jews and the Hebrew Theatre: A Clash between Western and Eastern Europe by Tom Lewy.“ In: German Studies Review 41.2, pp. 419-21.

•    2013: “Das Gastspiel. Friedrich Lobe und das hebräische Theater 1933-1950” by Sebastian Schirrmeister. In: PaRDeS 19, pp. 256-9.

See also:

https://shamash.academia.edu/JanKühne

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Dr. Ilse Josepha Maria Lazaroms

Research Fellow 2011

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Ilse Lazaroms was a Research Fellow at the Rosenzweig Center in 2011. Her book, "The Grace of Misery: Joseph Roth and the Politics of Exile, 1919-1939", was published in Brill's Jewish Studies Series in November 2012.

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Dr. Nitzan Lebovic

Research Fellow 2010

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Nitzan Lebovic was Post Doctoral Research Fellow at the Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center from January to September 2010. His research topic was titled "Hugo Bergmann: The Messianic Politics of the Late Prague Circle".

 

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